The Alisal Union School District’s All-Star Drumline and Color Guard proudly unveiled a newly decorated trailer before traveling to the 2017 Northern California Percussion Alliance (NCPA) Competition.
Held April 8 in Union City, the competition brings out the best percussion teams in the region. The NCPA is a non-profit organization that provides a competitive and educational performance outlet for Northern California indoor percussion ensembles.
This year, 52 Alisal Union School District students performed in the event. Alisal students have performed at the event two years in a row. They are the first and only elementary age performers to participate in the event.
Prior to the performance, the Alisal Community Arts Network (ACAN) unveiled its logo and performance trailer to the public. As students lined up outside Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary School for a surprise, the trailer slowly rolled through the parking lot. It was met with loud cheering and delight from students, parents and program organizers.
The trailer was long overdue to transport the extensive equipment needed to for parades and performances. The trailer was funded by the Lucille Packard Foundation, and wrapped by the district to promote the wide-ranging musical talents of our students. The trailer also proudly exemplifies the four tenants of ACAN’s music program – Dignity, Integrity, Leadership and Excellence alongside the district’s logo and the words “Siempre Adelante.”
The ACAN logo depicts an indigenous eagle which represents vision and protectors of the earth. For the members of ACAN, it is important to honor the culture of our community, and do our part to nurture and protect it by stepping up and offering life options for students that represent core values.
This momentous occasion was also marked by a range of community collaborators. We are very grateful to AUSD, the Packard Foundation, Central Coast Sign and Design, Tacos 3 Hermanos, Alisal Center for the Fine Arts and the Alisal Community Arts Network for their commitment to this movement.
Several staff and parent volunteers also attended the event. Special thanks to office staff from Chávez and Sánchez Schools, ACAN Director Joshua Alfaro, Mr. John Jiménez , Principal of Fremont School, Dr. Carissa Purnell of the Alisal Family Resource Center, and our Superintendent Dr. Héctor Rico.
This level of collaboration proudly represents the great things that can happen and endless possibilities when community comes together for the advancement of our children.
— Written by Alicia Fletcher, Program Manager, First 5 and Extended Learning